Eat Your Skin Younger

By Kheyrne Danu

Nourished skin not only feels great it looks simply radiant. Adding an extra boost of nutrients to our food can go a long way towards preventing the negative effects of pollution and stress on our complexion. Collagen is an important protein that creates the internal structure of our skin and these are the foods that strengthen it.

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  • Vitamin C – Is essential for health. According to Maryland Medical Center, USA – we need vitamin C to make collagen for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. The most bioavailable sources of Vitamin C are camu camu, papaya, red peppers, berries, broccoli and kiwifruit.

Kiwi fruit

  • Omega 3’s – Are essential for healthy cell membranes in the skin. Omega 3 fatty acids are powerful antioxidants and are a crucial part of your skin’s lipid (fat) content, which improves the barrier function, sealing in the moisture in and keeping out irritants. The best sources of omega 3 are dark fish, hemp seeds, avocado’s and chia seeds.

omega 3

  • Lutein –Is an anti-aging carotenoid that prevents damage to collagen and elastin, due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, photo-protective and anti-carcinogenic properties. Lutein is found in all dark leafy green vegetables.

Spinach

  • Aloe – Commonly found growing wild and in gardens of SA, aloe is one of the most renowned skin foods. The flesh of the leaf can be washed and used in juices and smoothies. Research shows that supplementing with aloe gel significantly increases collagen production for improve and elasticity and reduced wrinkles.